Increased Spending on Police Will Not Make Us Safer – Investing in Neighborhoods Will

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Grassroots Collaborative Statement on Proposed Increases to CPD Budget

Chicago, IL – Grassroots Collaborative is a community labor coalition representing tens of thousands of Chicago residents who been hurt by the failed policies of the Emanuel administration. The following is a statement from Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative on Tuesday’s Committee on Budget and Government Operations hearing on the Chicago Police Department (CPD) budget.

“The proposed 2019 budget for the Chicago Police Department is an insult to every resident in this city who has had their school closed, services cut, and property taxes raised. It is especially insulting for Black and Latinx residents who have suffered under a racist and abusive police department. The 2017 Department of Justice investigation documented in detail the  abuses of citizens, use excessive force, unfair treatment of people of color, and a complete lack of oversight. That is not the behavior of a department we should awarded with new funding and shooting ranges.

Despite already receiving 40% of the city’s operating budget, this budget proposes an increase of CPD’s budget by $80,000,000 next year. In addition the budget includes a $17 million transfer from Chicago Public Schools to the Chicago Police Department to pay to put police officers in schools. It is outrageous that money is being taken away from our stretched public schools to pay for officers from a department that we know is deeply racist and is the same department that produced convicted murder Jason Van Dyke.”

Grassroots Collaborative stands with Black youth saying no to the proposed new cop academy and demands no additional revenue be given to the Chicago Police Department. In addition Grassroots Collaborative calls for the following reforms:

  • Erase the CPD Database used to racially profile Black and Latinx youth
  • Expand Sanctuary and strengthen Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance
  • Phase CPD out of schools
  • Fund Restorative Justice efforts in neighborhoods and schools
  • Create a Behavioral Health Unit of civilian crisis-intervention teams to support people with behavioral health issues or who are in crisis
  • Make expungement accessible and provide re-entry support services

 

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